Joe Louis Greenway

Joe Louis Greenway map

Why are we naming the Greenway after Joe Louis?

During his lifetime, Joe Louis possessed a profound spirit of determination and strength in the face of tremendous adversity. He worked tirelessly to advocate for the rights of African Americans and the advancement of equity and social justice in the United States.

As a cultural icon, Joe Louis represents power, equity and racial unity. We will strive to create this Greenway in his honor.



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Creating the Joe Louis Greenway

In May and June, we met with Detroiters from across the city to hear what they wanted out of the Joe Louis Greenway. We heard many thoughts on how the greenway could help neighborhoods grow. Now, we are working with your feedback to create a greenway that serves you and reflects your ideas. Next, we will be asking for more public feedback through our second round of engagement—the Collaboration & Feedback Sessions.



Working with our Community

Please join us for a Joe Louis Greenway Visioning Session!

These aren’t your everyday community meetings! These Open House style sessions will give our community numerous opportunities to provide feedback on the look, feel and design of the Joe Louis Greenway at this critical stage of the project. A live community storytelling station will also be featured, in which Detroiters are invited to record their stories and experiences in neighborhoods along the greenway.   Although this important project will continue for years to come, this is the last round of engagement before the conclustion of the Framework Planning Process. We hope you join us to share your stories and feedback, which will help guide the future design and implementation of the Joe Louis Greenway.   




Choose a Cocoa & Conversation Session to attend:

Enjoy tasty refreshments, and provide feedback to the design team! Let your friends know that you’re attending by responding to our Facebook Event! RSVP is not required to attend. Activities will be provided for children that are brought to the sessions.


Cocoa & Conversation - Session 1 

The Look, Feel and Stories of the Greenway  
Wed. December 4th, 6- 8 pm, doors at 5:30 pm

Lexus Velodrome

601 Mack Ave, Detroit MI 48201

Cocoa  & Conversation - Session 2 

The Look, Feel and Stories of the Greenway       
Tues, December 10th, 6- 8 p, doors at 5:30 pm    

Unity Baptist Church

7500 Tireman St. Detroit, MI 48201


NEED TRANSLATION SERVICES? With advance notice of seven calendar days, the City of Detroit will provide interpreter services at public meetings, including language translation and reasonable ADA accommodations. Please contact the Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity Department at (313) 224-4950, through the TTY number 711, or email [email protected] to schedule services.

Future Sessions

In the winter, we will hold Final Framework Plan sessions to share where we landed with you. We aim to have the planning phase of the Joe Louis Greenway completed in January 2020. Check back for dates and locations on these future sessions. We’d love to see you there!



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Goals for the Joe Louis Greenway

Our wish for this greenway is to bring new possibilities of empowerment and equity—driven by you—to the neighborhoods that intersect with and surround it. We want this project to be a reflection and celebration of our incredible city and its people.